I'm a 3D printing newbie, and I bought some Hatchbox PLA to start with since it is recommended by the community it seems.
Is there really a steep quality drop off if you go for brands that are 50% less than Hatchbox? What does that quality drop off look like?
There is no massive difference in print quality of PLA filaments unless you start going under 10 dollars US for a 1 kilo spool. The filament that I use is yoyi PLA that can be found on Amazon for about 20 bucks, this filament works really nice with my printer and it is fairly cheap. Just make sure you never use the hobby king brand PLS as the quality on that truly is horrendous.